Genius Next Door

Album: Far (2009)
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  • Some said the local lake had been enchanted
    Others said it must have been the weather
    The neighbors were trying to keep it quiet
    But I swear that I could hear the laughter
    So they jokingly nicknamed it the porridge
    Cause overnight that lake had turned as thick as butter
    But the local kids would still go swimming, drinking
    Saying that to them it doesn't matter

    If you just hold in your breath til you come back up in full
    Hold in your breath til you thought it through, you fool

    The genius next door was busing tables
    Wiping clean the ketchup bottle labels
    Getting high and mumbling German fables
    Didn't care as long as he was able
    To strip his clothes off by the dumpsters
    At night while everyone was sleeping
    And to wade midway into that porridge
    Just him and the secret he was keeping

    If you just hold in your breath til you come back up in full
    Hold in your breath til you thought it through, you foolish child

    In the morning the film crews start arriving
    With donuts, coffee and reporters
    The kids were waking up hungover
    The neighbors were starting up their cars
    The garbageman were emptying the dumpsters
    Atheists were praying full of sarcasm
    And the genius next door was sleeping
    Dreaming that the antidote is orgasm

    If you just hold in your breath til you come back up in full
    Hold in your breath til you thought it through, you foolish child! Writer/s: REGINA SPEKTOR
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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